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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Step Back In Time

The William Morris House 
(where some of our dinner was prepared.)

Carillon Historical Park engages you to sample Dayton’s rich heritage
 of creativity and invention!
The Park immerses you in the region's history - from Dayton's founding in
1796 through two centuries of expansion, industrialism and innovation.

Where else can you see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first
practical airplane and National Historic Landmark, the 1835 B&O (Grasshopper)
steam locomotive, and the first automobile self-starter? Only at Dayton History's
Carillon Historical Park, that's where! As a visitor, you will also get to experience
Dayton's pioneer history complete with costumed interpreters and a visit to
Dayton's oldest building, Newcom's Tavern, erected in 1796.

Here is a shot of the tavern.

It was in Newcom Tavern, the1796 home of Col. George Newcom and family 
and  oldest building in Dayton, that we shared a wonderful experience with others.

Dayton's oldest surviving structure was the backdrop for the region's most 
unique dining experience! Guests of Tavern Dinners enjoy the same type of 
meal that might have been served in Newcom Tavern to the likes of Daniel 
Cooper, William Van Cleve, Samuel Thompson and others from Dayton's
 rich history. Following participation in hands-on demonstrations of 19th century 
activities at the William Morris House and Hetzel House, we enjoyed a hearth 
cooked and historically accurate multi-course supper!  Yes, it was also delicious!

Inside the William Morris House we got to see our dinner being prepared, 
assist with it and learn so much about cooking in that era.

Dinner sure does smell good!

My Bill churning the butter for dinner!

Our Grace had a go too.

A lesson in firearms of the period...

That's my Mom in the green jacket...

Grace had a go with it...

...and it was LOUD!

The server's were all wonderful!

All the guests that evening were fun and so friendly! 
We shared lots of laughter!

The first course and the Bill of Fare.

My handsome husband enjoying himself!

The lesson on etiquette of the period said we MUST wear 
our napkins tucked into our shirts!

Dishing out our the stew...

As evening fell it was so cozy inside the tavern...

We had magicians for our entertainment!

And there was even a surprise marriage proposal!

She said YES!

The Carillon...The park is named for the 151-foot-tall  Deeds Carillon. 
The carillon tower was built in 1942.
Today, with 57 bells, the carillon is Ohio’s largest.

Carillon Park refurbished the carillon in 1988, converting it 
from an electric keyboard controlled instrument to a traditional, 
baton-keyboard mechanical carillon. It is one of the gems of Dayton!

It was a lovely and memorable evening to be sure!

Thank you for sharing it with us!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Wow Sue! That looks like it was the most marvelous of evenings! How fun!

Hope your spring is going fabulously!

Bonnie said...

That looked so awesome and something that would be right up my alley. You always do the most fun things. I thoroughly enjoyed enjoying it with you.

Bonnie said...

That looked so awesome and something that would be right up my alley. You always do the most fun things. I thoroughly enjoyed enjoying it with you.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Susie!

I love historical places and you had a truly fabulous experience! It's so fun to be part on the hands-on processes!

Have a great week sweet Susie!
Big hugs,Sherry

Shelia said...

Hi Susie! Oh, I just love these kinds of places and learning about the olden times. Looks like you all had a great time! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me
BE a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Sue~We have a similar historical street with houses along with a fort that offers tours.
I personally think your experience would be a lot more fun. The personal interaction served with a homemade stew dinner would be very enjoyable.
Thanks for bringing me along.

Sweet wishes,